A chain of radars, AIS to block sea route for terrorists
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 14:18
Panaji: A chain of radars and Automatic Identification System (AIS) would be deployed along the coast by next year to block the sea route for terrorists, a top official said.

"To tighten the security and ensure that no attempts are made by terrorists to use the sea route, the Indian Coast Guard has been given responsibility along with Director General Light Houses for establishing a chain of radars and Automatic Identification System along the coast," Vice Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (Western Naval Command) told reporters here.

Talking to media on the sidelines of a function at Vasco this morning, he said the country has a long coastline and it is not possible for state governments, customs and immigration authorities to guard the coast.

Bhasin said the Coast Guard and marine police would expedite the pending orders for the ships in various shipyards. "By 2010, the defence forces would get large number of ships which were ordered four to five years ago," he said.

Talking about the high seas piracy, he said the threat is becoming very complicated. "If you remember few years ago, the only piracy was in the Malacca Straits. Now the threat has suddenly emerged in the Gulf of Aden and in the vicinity of Somalia where large number of ships from different nations are operating," Bhasin said.

He said the Indian Navy has been continuously on vigil in this stretch to ensure safety of the ships.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 14:18

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